Popular Motifs in Kanchipuram Silks

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Indian art is reflective of its diverse landscape, steeped in folklore and religion. Weaving tradition, nature and mythology, Indian art echoed its culture in temples. Noblemen supported the arts and wanted them in their grand houses. It didn’t take long for popular temple themes and patterns to appear in paintings and eventually adorn the silk sarees of the noble and wealthy ladies.

These motifs, however, were not merely decorative. Apart from their aesthetic appeal and is a mark of prosperity, some motifs were considered to bring good luck or ward off evil. These motifs were found recurring extensively in silk sarees worn and gifted during special occasions and festivities.

The lofty gopuram is one of the most easily recognizable symbols of the Dravidian culture and of a temple’s presiding deity. Frequently represented as an interlocked train of triangles in borders, these gopurams can be of different sizes and smooth or serrated (to represent the tiers of the gopuram).
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